Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Serbian Court Jails Bosnian Serb Ex-Soldiers for Wartime Murders

The Appeals Court in Belgrade has sentenced two former Bosnian Serb Army military policeman, Dragan Bajic and Marko Paukovic, to 12 years in prison each for killing five Bosniak civilians in the village of Kamicak in the north-wesern Kljuc municipality of Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 1992.

Ankara restores 18th-century madrasah in Bosnia

An 18th-century historical madrasah in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be restored to its original appearance by a project launched by Turkey's state-run aid agency.

Serbian Security Service ‘Didn’t Send Paramilitary Trainer to Croatia’

Witness Dejan Lucic told the retrial of Serbian State Security Service officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Thursday that the defendants did not send Dragan Vasiljkovic, alias Captain Dragan, to Croatia in 1991 to set up a training camp for rebel Serb fighters.

Bosnians Protest Against Serbian Book Denying War Crime

Scores of people joined a rally in Tuzla on Wednesday to protest about the recent publication in Serbia of the book 'Tuzla Gate - A Stage-Managed Tragedy', which claims that Bosnian Serb forces did not shell the town and kill 71 people on May 25, 1995.

Serbia Sent Refugees from Croatia, Bosnia to Frontlines: Report

The Humanitarian Law Centre NGO said in a report published on Wednesday that in the summer of 1995, the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs forcibly mobilised around 10,000 refugees and took them back to territories under the control of the Bosnian Serb Army in Bosnia and the rebel Serb-run Army of the Republic of Serbian Krajina in Croatia.

North Macedonia Trails Balkan Peers on LGBT Tourist Safety

Serbia ranks as the safest destination for LGBT tourists and North Macedonia as the worst among Balkan states featured on a list of 150 most-visited countries published by travel bloggers Asher and Lyric Fergusson.

Harness the Outrage Triggered by Macron’s Enlargement Veto

Macron's 'Non' triggered a deluge of analyses and op-eds explaining how the French position would undermine the successes of North Macedonia and Albania, that it dealt huge damage to EU credibility in the Western Balkans and cast a shadow over the region's European perspective, supposedly set in stone in Thessaloniki 16 years ago.

Bosnian Serb Lawmakers Claim Right to Self-Determination

Lawmakers in Bosnia's mainly Serb entity of Republika Srpska adopted principles on Tuesday declaring the entity's right to referenda on 'self-determination' and Bosnian membership of NATO.

General Defence Staff flag decorated on 160th anniversary

The flag of Romania's General Defence Staff was decorated, on Tuesday with a Faithful Service Order in the rank of High Officer with war insignias for the military, on its 160th anniversary, in the presence of Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Nicolae Petrescu, and presidential adviser Ion Oprisan.

Montenegro Rejects Balkan ‘Mini Schengen’ Proposal

Montenegro's economy minister Dragica Sekulic said on Monday that joining the 'mini Schengen' initiative for Balkan states proposed by Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia would be a waste of energy because her country has already "opened its borders" and lifted trade barriers to its neighbours.

Macron’s ‘Time-Bomb’ Remark Betrays Wider Anti-Muslim Prejudice

That concern stems from a notion that a country full of people who are both Muslim and white must be an oxymoron: Bosnian Muslims may seem like good Westerners but they could be secret fanatics, all the more dangerous because they confound racial profiling measures.

Blanket demonisation

Bosnian Football Hit by Match-Fixing Arrests

Twelve people were arrested in Bosnia on Monday on suspicion of fixing the results of football matches in the top two tiers of the Bosnian championship, a spokesman for the Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, told BIRN.

President Iohannis hails Romanian troops as genuine ambassadors of Romania

President Klaus Iohannis sent a message on November 11, War Zone Veterans Day, in which he hails the country's troops participating in foreign missions as genuine ambassadors of Romania. "The celebration of War Zone Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to extend our gratitude to the troops returning from war zones and to pay homage to the fallen heroes servicing under Romania's banner.

Medical Tests Delay Bosnian Serb General’s Massacre Trial Again

Belgrade Higher Court has been waiting since April for the results of tests to determine whether Novak Djukic, the wartime commander of the Bosnian Serb Army's Ozren Tactical Group, can appear in court, again delaying the long-running proceedings in the case, BIRN has learned.

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